• Thursday 30th June 2011
    Have A Guitar – David, Roger and Nick Sign 'Time' Guitar For Crisis

    • 'Time' Guitar for CrisisDavid has long supported UK homeless persons' charity Crisis, and, as well as Roger Waters and Nick Mason, has signed a specially painted guitar to raise funds for them. Ian Emes created the spectacular animated clocks on Pink Floyd's 'Time' screen film, and kindly agreed to revisit the images by painting them on to a guitar to be auctioned. The painted Fender American Standard Stratocaster guitar has been signed by David and Roger, and, although Nick's signature will be added on Monday 4th July, it is for sale now on the Charity Buzz auction Web site with all proceeds going directly to Crisis.

      Click here to be taken directly to the guitar; the auction opened today and closes on Thursday 14th July at 2.45PM Eastern Time, (7.45PM GMT). If you wish to make a separate donation to Crisis, their Web site is here.

  • Thursday 23rd June 2011
    David Gives It The Old One-Two

    • Singer Judith Owen was performing recently at the Tabernacle in London's Notting Hill Gate for 5 x 15, and had a little difficulty with her microphone. At her request for assistance, a gallant member of the audience jumped up onstage to fix it for her, and was revealed to be none other than David, who does have some years of expertise in that department. Click here for the story, as covered by the London Evening Standard.

      5 x 15 is a series of events, featuring five performances on each occasion with only two rules: they should be unscripted and last no longer than 15 minutes. More info can be found here.

  • Tuesday 17th May 2011
    Another Clip From The Wall

    • Many thanks again to the Roger Waters organisation because we have another video clip from last Thursday, 12th May (see story below).

      This time, it's the 'Wall' show closer, Outside The Wall, featuring David and Nick Mason joining Roger and the Bleeding Heart Band, a fitting end to an emotional evening.

      Special thanks to Sean Evans for his work on the clip, and to his producer, Clare Spencer at Grasshopper Films.

  • Thursday 12th May 2011
    David Scales The Wall Again

    • Back in July of last year, David joined Roger Waters in singing some songs together for the Hoping Foundation, an event that raised thousands of pounds for charity. In the spirit of the occasion Roger agreed to add To Know Him Is To Love Him to their set, and David agreed to play Comfortably Numb on one of Roger's performances of The Wall.

      Thursday was that night. A capacity audience at London's O2 Arena was amazed to see David appear atop the wall, recreating his parts from the classic album while adding his own unique sound and style, to the delight of the crowd.

      That wasn't all. At the end of the show, Roger gave a gracious introduction to David, and then Nick Mason, who joined David and Roger in Outside The Wall, with the band. Roger played trumpet, David mandolin, and with Nick on tambourine the ensemble trooped offstage, leaving a hall ringing with cheers.

      A clip from the night can be seen above. Click here to see stills from the performance that have, in addition to the video footage, been kindly provided by Sean Evans.

  • Tuesday 10th May 2011
    Polly Shortlisted For Short Story Prize

    • Polly Samson's stature as a masterful short story writer continues to grow, with the news that she has been shortlisted for the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize 2011 for Perfect Lives.

      Now in its fifth year, it is the UK's only literary award that recognises a published collection of short stories. The prize is open to anyone, and the shortlist is a mix of both well-known short story writers and newcomers. Alongside Polly, whose Perfect Lives was recently published in paperback to overwhelmingly positive reviews, are Graham Mort (Touch), Michele Roberts (Mud: Stories of Sex and Love), Helen Simpson (In-flight Entertainment), and Tom Vowler (The Method and Other Stories).

      Ailsa Cox, the competition co-ordinator at Edge Hill University, said: "A good short story is intense and exciting, sometimes sad and often very comic. The five collections all have these vital ingredients – so I predict that judging will be difficult this year". The judging panel this year includes: scriptwriter and short story author Jeremy Dyson; author, presenter and journalist Stuart Maconie; and Marcus Gipps, previously of Blackwell books, now an editor at Gollancz.

      The winner will be announced at the award ceremony, to be held in London in July, and in the meantime many congratulations must go to Polly for her nomination.